Chilly Wind Blows On Israel-Turkey Relations

Once the dogs of ignorance are unleashed there is no end to the stupidity and drivel that will emerge in the media and among people. In a recent interview with the Guardian, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tyyip Erdogan, blurted out that Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told him of a threat to use nuclear weapons in Gaza during the recent invasion. This comment comes shortly after many Israelis were offended at Turkish TV program they regarded as anti-Semitic for portraying Israel soldiers as killers of the innocent. Israel newspaper, Haaretz, which is liberal and not always supportive of its government, noted, “Turkey’s prime minister has further inflamed simmering Israel-Turkey tensions.”

It is time for both Israel and Turkey to sit down and discuss issues. This would require from Israel a commitment to avoid war with militant groups as long as none attacked them . It would require Turkey to be more careful about what is on their TV, particular during these hectic days.